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Fire Photon torpedoes! Motorola Photon Q hits the FCC OET

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by Andrew J. Shepherd
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 2:54 PM MDT

 

S4GRU continues with the third in a series of short articles on the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) authorization filings for "tentpole" devices headed to Sprint's upcoming Network Vision enhanced LTE overlay. Over the past few months, we have brought you the scoop on the FCC authorizations for the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Today, the Motorola model number XT897 hits the FCC OET database with FCC ID IHDT56NL2, and we expect this mystery handset ultimately to be the Photon Q. Without further ado, here is the RF rundown:
 

  • CDMA1X + EV-DO band classes 0, 1, 10 (i.e. CDMA1X + EV-DO 850/1900/800)
  • LTE band 25 (i.e. LTE 1900; PCS A-G blocks)
  • LTE 5 MHz and 10 MHz carrier bandwidths
  • world phone international roaming capability
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; max MCS index 7 (i.e. 20 MHz channel, 400 ns guard interval, single spatial channel)
  • SVDO and SVLTE support, including SVDO or SVLTE and simultaneous Wi-Fi tether
  • Maximum RF ERP/EIRP: 22.45 dBm (CDMA1X 850), 19.89 dBm (EV-DO 850), 27.12 dBm (CDMA1X 1900), 24.03 dBm (EV-DO 1900), 21.72 dBm (CDMA1X 800), 19.33 dBm (EV-DO 800), 25.22 dBm (LTE 1900)
  • NFC capability
  • Antenna locations: CDMA1X bottom, EV-DO/LTE top, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth bottom
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The Photon Q's FCC filing makes mention of world phone international roaming capability, albeit latent inside the handset. Presumably, it will include at least GSM 900/1800 and W-CDMA 900/2100+1900 (a la the international roaming capabilities announced to be unlocked in several VZW handsets). But, before anyone asks, do not expect any LTE international roaming capability.

RF uplink output looks to be healthy. It is generally a bit higher than what we have seen recently from the EVO LTE and Galaxy S3.

However, unlike the EVO LTE and Galaxy S3, the Photon Q lacks 802.11a/n Wi-Fi 5 GHz band capability. The filing indicates that the hardware is present, but 5 GHz operation is locked out. So, the Photon Q will be stuck in the increasingly overcrowded 2.4 GHz band.

At this point, the LTE UE category remains unknown. Recent Motorola RAZR LTE handsets on VZW have used Moto's own Wrigley LTE baseband chipset, which has limited those devices to LTE UE category 2. We hope that the Photon Q will utilize the Qualcomm MSM8960 as a single chipset modem, as that should enable UE category 3.

Perhaps the most interesting and potentially controversial aspect of the Photon Q's FCC authorization is the inclusion of two references to the Motorola Admiral, a front facing QWERTY handset currently available on Sprint. One reference cites the Admiral as a "similar transmitter;" the other reference flat out calls the Photon Q the Admiral. Thus, while some sites have leaked photos of what purports to be the Photon Q in the expected QWERTY slider design, we leave open the possibility, however modest, that the Photon Q may arrive as an LTE refreshed Admiral clone with a front facing QWERTY keyboard.

 

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Sources: FCC

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Whatever the type of qwerty keyboard, the photon faithfuls are going to be pissed.

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Whatever the type of qwerty keyboard, the photon faithfuls are going to be pissed.

And Epic users will rejoice.

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Thanks for the info.

 

Certainly going to pass this by if it has a qwerty keyboard. No desire for the associated bulk or weight.

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Admiral - 6.2x11.9cm

Droid 4 - 6.7x12.7cm

 

My best guesses for this based on the graph paper is 6.7x12.6cm

 

Just food for thought.

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Well, no one should be surprised by the inclusion of a physical keyboard. Once the "Q" appendage was attached, historical Motorola nomenclature indicated that this handset was going to have a physical keyboard in some way, shape, or form.

 

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Well, no one should be surprised by the inclusion of a physical keyboard. Once the "Q" appendage was attached, historical Motorola nomenclature indicated that this handset was going to have a physical keyboard in some way, shape, or form.AJ

 

True, I used to use a Motorola Q long ago. I liked the first Photon overall and was hoping a bit for a true follow-up, not a different form.

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Love the picture of Q. lol

 

As for a keyboard, oh well. I'll still would like to see it in person.

 

TS

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And Epic users will rejoice.

 

Only if its a side slider, there are reasons people who have stuck with the epic don't want an admiral... plus it is a real missing section of high end smartphones. all other side sliders are mid-low range and seem to be focused on the pre-teen texters and people who don't know technology (sprint ID is an insult to most high end users)

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Only if its a side slider, there are reasons people who have stuck with the epic don't want an admiral... plus it is a real missing section of high end smartphones. all other side sliders are mid-low range and seem to be focused on the pre-teen texters and people who don't know technology (sprint ID is an insult to most high end users)

This was from earlier in the month.

http://www.engadget....with-android-4/

I'm pretty sure this is it, thus there is finally a high-end slider on Sprint.

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I have a source that has seen and played with one and it is a physical slide keyboard.

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I have a source that has seen and played with one and it is a physical slide keyboard.

 

Keep in mind that all evidence right now is circumstantial. That preproduction unit with the slide out keyboard is not guaranteed to be the Photon Q, nor is the handset in this FCC filing necessarily the Photon Q.

 

AJ

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hilarious that they talk about the Atrix2's "monster 4.3" qHD" display... monster compared to what? the V550?

 

Nothing like pimping up your old gen display tech!

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